• American Pastoral

    Pulitzer Prize Winner (1998).,In ,, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all the twentieth century’s promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth’s protagonist is Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov???a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father’s Newark glove factory???comes of age in thriving, triumphant post-war America. And then one day in 1968, Swede’s beautiful American luck deserts him.,For Swede’s adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager???a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is Roth’s masterpiece.

  • Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories

    Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin – he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills – meet one summer and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella, the first book published by Phillip Roth, explores issues of both class and Jewish assimilation into American culture. It won the National Book Award in 1960.

  • The Plot Against America

    Philip Roth’s bestselling alternate history novel–the chilling story of what happens to one family when America elects a charismatic, isolationist president–is soon to be an HBO limited series.,In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh. Shortly thereafter, Lindbergh negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism.,For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh’s election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America-and with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother.